Bakewell

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Template:GBdot Bakewell is a small market town in Derbyshire, England. It is the only town in the Peak District. It is located on the River Wye, about thirteen miles (21 km) southwest of Sheffield, close to the tourist attractions of Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall. It is well known for the local confection, Bakewell Pudding (often incorrectly called Bakewell Tart).

Villages near Bakewell include Ashford-in-the-Water, Elton, Monyash, Over Haddon, Sheldon, Rowsley and Youlgreave.

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History

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9th century cross at Bakewell
Although there is evidence of earlier settlements in the area, Bakewell itself was probably founded in Saxon times. The church, which was founded in 920, has a 9th century cross in the churchyard. The present church was constructed in the 12th and 13th centuries but was virtually rebuilt in the 1840s. By Norman times Bakewell had gained some importance—the town, and its church (having two priests) being mentioned in the Domesday Book.

The five-arched bridge over the River Wye at Bakewell that was constructed in the 13th century is one of the few surviving remnants of this earlier period. The small town grew after an eighteenth century bid to make it a spa town, in the manner of Buxton. The construction of the Lumford Mill by Richard Arkwright in 1777 was followed by the rebuilding of much of the town in the 19th century

Tourism

Bakewell attracts many domestic and international tourists. Monday is a particularly popular day for visitors as this is the day that the traditional market is held in the town. The cattle market is housed in a new purpose built agricultural centre, across the river from the main part of the town. A medium sized stall market is held in the town centre. There is a picturesque public park, alongside the River Wye, which has its source in nearby Buxton.

Events

Annual events that take place in the town during the year include: The Peak District tradition of the Well Dressing takes place during June—colourful images made of petals embedded into clay appear at several places throughout the town. The annual carnival week, culminating in a colourful procession through the town is held at the beginning of July. The most popular event of the year is the two day Bakewell show, which is held in August and includes many acricultural events and entertainments. August has also seen the addition of the Bakewell Arts Festival—music and theatre form the basis for a week of entertainment.

Local Websites

BakewellUK (http://www.bakewelluk.co.uk)

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